“Nobody is going to force you to get a vaccine, but if you decide not to get one, there are some things you won’t be able to do,” Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez said of a vote taken today. will require people to show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination before entering indoor entertainment venues.
The amendment to the municipal ordinance passed today with 11 “yes” and two “no”. Counselors Joe Buscaino and John Lee were the dissidents. Two other members were absent from the vote.
Ordinances require unanimous approval at first reading. Last week, Commissioner Buscaino invoked Article 39 of the Council at first reading, which allowed him to deny the unanimous consent necessary for the approval of the ordinance. This meant potential approval would be delayed this week.
Due to the ordinance’s “urgency clause”, the ordinance needed 12 votes yes to its second consideration to be passed urgently today, not the normal eight votes. Having reached only the threshold of eight votes, the provision, which was to be applied on November 4, comes into force in the normal time frame, which is one month from publication, or November 6.
Therefore, people in Los Angeles will need to show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination before entering indoor cinemas, concert and sporting event venues, restaurants, bars, gyms, shopping malls and personal care institutions.
“This is no longer negotiable,” said Martinez, “the stakes are too high.”
Those with medical or religious exemptions will need to provide a recent negative Covid test.
Indoor public spaces that fall under the ordinance should display warning notices on the obligation to vaccinate.
The ordinance applies to:
-Entertainment and recreation locations including cinemas, shopping malls, concert halls, performance venues, adult entertainment venues, commercial event and party venues, sports arenas, convention centers, exhibition halls, museums, shopping malls, theaters performing arts, bowling alleys, arcades, game rooms, family entertainment centers, pool and pool halls, play areas and game centers
-Facilities serving food or beverages, including restaurants, bars, fast food outlets, coffee shops, tasting rooms, coffee shops, food courts, breweries, wine cellars, distillery banquet halls, and hotel ballrooms
– Gyms and fitness venues, including recreational facilities, fitness studios (including yoga, pilates, dance and barre), boxing gyms, fitness training camps, and facilities that hold indoor group fitness classes
-Personal care institutions, including spas, beauty salons, hairdressers, barbers, tanning salons, beauticians, skincare, tattoo parlors, piercing shops and massage therapy venues, unless required to the doctor
Police stations would apparently also be included in the order, according to testimony last week. It would also likely impact the availability of NBA, NFL, and other pro sports stars who refuse vaccination.
It is unclear where the theme parks fall under the city ordinance, but on Tuesday, Los Angeles County announced that Covid vaccination / testing requirements for visitors to large venues like Six Flags Magic Mountain and Universal Studios Hollywood will remain. largely, but the county won’t. no longer require proof of a negative Covid test for customers aged 11 and under, an age group that remains ineligible for vaccinations.
The county also removed the requirement that customers 17 years of age and younger provide photo ID along with vaccination / testing verification. The county has also agreed to postpone the photo ID requirement for people aged 18 and over until November 1, which aligns with the city date. Individuals will still need to provide vaccination verification / testing starting October 7th.
Theme parks in the county had expressed concern about the requirement, claiming they have limited staff to check required paperwork – both a vaccine / test verification and photo ID – potentially leading to long lines for admission to children. parks. They also argued that customers who purchased tickets in advance before requirements were announced should receive a grace period. The same certainly applies to movie theaters, concert halls and sporting events.
Jurisdictions within the county can approve and enact stricter guidelines, but whether the city will comply with the county’s recent amendments on theme parks or be stricter remains to be seen.
The Los Angeles Department of Construction and Security will likely be responsible for enforcing the mandate. An official from that department told council members last week that Building and Safety doesn’t have the staff to perform such an enforcement. He said employees would have to move on from normal enforcement duties or, potentially, county health department inspectors could report infractions.
Any quotes would be provided to the property. Enforcement would be the responsibility of the manager or employee.
Council member Mike Bonin had expressed concern over the “selective application” of the mandate, but indicated that he would not resist his “Yes” vote.
The building and safety official said the fines will be broken down as follows:
1st offense: a notice to be corrected
2nd offense: $ 1000
3rd offense: $ 2000
Subsequent infringements: $ 5,000
Those presenting fake vaccination cards, officials said, would be subject to strict federal laws governing falsification of identification. The business owner would not be fined, in particular, for failing to screen fake cards correctly.
Those who do not have the exemption or vaccination may be allowed to use the external areas of the location and the internal portion “for short and limited periods of time to use the bathroom, order, collect or pay for take-away food or drinks. “
The ordinance would also require people to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test to attend outdoor events with 5,000 or more people, which would be more stringent than the Los Angeles County requirement. This ordinance only applies to outdoor events with 10,000 or more people.
“Covid-19 could be eradicated if we had mass vaccinations across the country and around the world,” O’Farrell said before noting the US history of smallpox eradication and primarily polio eradication through vaccinations.
“Why is it okay in 2021 to have more than 30 people dying from Covid in Los Angeles County in a three-day period, including an 11-year-old girl, when we have a vaccine that could have prevented all of this, accessible to all “O’Farrell said ahead of the August 11 vote.
“This is not a vaccination mandate … we will not deny anyone access to the essentials, food, medicine, etc., regardless of vaccination … but what is immoral is to choose not to be vaccinated, to choose to listen to some ranting rant on Twitter, “he added.
The ordinance would be similar to the policies of West Hollywood, New York and San Francisco. West Hollywood’s policy of requiring adult customers entering many indoor businesses to present proof of at least partial vaccination takes effect on October 7, with full vaccination required starting November 4.
Several people called the Los Angeles City Council meeting on August 11 to oppose the potential ordinance, some claiming vaccines are dangerous in their own right, and others claiming it was a form of “segregation” and comparing it to the tactics used by the Nazis during the 1930s and 1940s.
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